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Hello,<br><br>
I think my toddler is constipated. What should I do.<br><br>
Symptoms.<br><br>
He pushes...then gags...then pushes...then gags. He runs around in a circle. Then he holds his butt and whines.<br><br>
Poor little guy.<br><br>
He hasn't been eating very well...maybe since Wednesday.<br><br>
i think this may have something to do with a life change. His grandmother, who has been taking care of him for the last two months, left to go home to MInnesota and our aupiar came.<br><br>
GAh.<br><br>
Help.
 

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How much water is he getting? I'd increase his water intake and see if that helps. And maybe try some organic prune juice watered down. I know I have tummy issues when I'm stressed. It makes sense a toddler would too. Poor thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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My midwife once told me re; diet w/ constipation: Anything that clumps up outside the body, will clump up inside when you're constipated... rice, bread, potato, banana, cheese.... all things to AVOID while you suspect constipation. When was his last "normal" bm?<br><br>
If it's been a couple of days, start giving him diluted prune juice; Gerber makes a good Prune-Apple juice, but it is a bit sugary.<br><br>
Give him lots of water. Oatmeal would help, green veggies, fluffy greens... all the things you'd do for yourself if you're constipated.<br><br>
Dd gets very constipated... When she was 8 and 10 mo, I twice had to give her a digital with my pinky and some lube, just up to the first digit to bring her to push it out... Some foods cause constipation to those sensitive to them; dd can only have half a banana a day, more will harden her poop to the point of major discomfort.<br><br>
She became so constipated, once, that after 10 DAYS without more than a couple of pellets (seriously, like a rabbit...), we had to give her a Fleet Glycerin Baby lax. Just inserted the tip about a quarter inch and squeezed in the clear liquid; nursed her; about a minute later out came 8 golf-ball-sized poops... quickly and painfully. Another nursing session and she was fine after that. Now we closely monitor her eating... we avoid enriched flour, sugar, and "clumping" foods in too much quantity.<br><br>
Good luck.
 
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